The foundations of the Château de Pau, perched on a rocky spur overlooking a ford across the Gave River, date from the Middle Ages. The present château was built by Gaston Fébus, Viscount of Béarn and Count of Foix in the late fourteenth century. In the fifteenth century, the château became the family seat of the Viscounts of Béarn who received the Kingdom of Navarre and formed an alliance with the Albret family. Henry IV was born there on 13 December 1553.
The château was restored under Louis-Philippe and became a museum in 1926. As well as the royal apartments, it contains major collections dedicated to Henry IV, and also a large number of tapestries, which make it the biggest tapestry museum outside Paris.
Musée du château de Pau
permanent collection: 6,50EUR/5,00EUR
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